Ford-Unifor deal a victory for auto in Oakville

Tue, 01 Nov 2016

Oakville Mayor and Auto Mayors chair Rob Burton is applauding both Unifor and Ford Canada for successfully negotiating a deal that protects the future of Oakville’s largest employer and guarantees new investment in Canadian auto.

The deal – negotiated at the midnight strike deadline on October 31, 2016 - guarantees $700 million in new investment, largely focused in the Ford Essex Engine Plant, located in Windsor. Unifor officials have also announced that the economic gains to Ford workers within the deal exceed those established in recent pattern settlements negotiated with Fiat-Chrysler and General Motors.

“We had the utmost confidence in all the parties involved to come to a settlement that works for everyone,” said Mayor Burton. “It is gratifying to see that deal come to fruition, and to see opportunity not just for stability and job security, but for future growth and expansion in Canadian auto.”

Ford is Oakville’s largest employer, and as a local leader in advanced manufacturing plays a foundational role in the town’s economic development strategy. The Ford Canada headquarters and Oakville Assembly plant together create nearly 5,000 highly-skilled, middle class jobs for residents in Oakville and neighbouring communities.

“The auto industry represents Canada’s largest manufacturing sector, Ontario’s number one export, and a vital source of jobs and growth for communities like Oakville,” said Mayor Burton. “Oakville’s auto sector is the source of tremendous innovation and productivity, which leads to job growth and economic prosperity for the entire community. I’m pleased to see that will be continuing.”